Globe’s Project 1 Phone: donate old electronic gadgets, build a classroom, and win iPad Air! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

I dropped by Globe Zamboanga Office in San Jose last week and I made a wonderful discovery.  It is now accepting donations of unused, non-working, or damaged old cellphones, tablets, mobile phone batteries, and even personal computers for recycling.  Profits made from these recycled materials will then be used to build classrooms in Aklan . And in appreciation, the donor gets a raffle ticket for a chance to win an iPad Air every month.  Wow! A great worthy enviromental news.

Honestly, even without the prize, we should all be willing to support this project for its noble cause. I got two raffle tickets in exchange for my two old dead cellphones. It’s a bonus really and a blessing if I win one.

Dubbed as Project 1 Phone, this is the biggest and most ambitious mobile recycling program of Globe in the Philippines. It is designed to create awareness on proper e-waste disposal and to promote sustainability. “Help us create a wonderful Aklan and a greener Globe by joining Project 1 Phone!” is the battle cry of this laudable environmental corporate social responsibility of Globe.It is a call for good.

The program aims to recover and recycle electronic wastes (e-wastes), specifically mobile phones and portable devices such as tablets, so people will:

(1)     Know how to dispose unused mobile phones and other electronic wastes (e-wastes)

(2)     Be educated about the potential harm that cell phones can have on our environment and the significant benefits to recycling an old cell phone

All devices and accessories that Globe will gather shall be turned over to TES-AMM, a leading electronics waste recycler which will take responsibility for at end-of-life products to ensure that they are managed responsibly. We will not just throw our old cellphones in trash cans or burn and bury them in our very own backyard. We help minimize environmental pollution by supporting this project.

TES-AMM will, likewise, work on recovering precious metals and plastics from the recycled gadgets. By recycling too, less energy is used than mining virgin metals and producing virgin plastics. Globe has committed to build at least 40 school buildings in the province of Aklan to rise from the damaging effects of Typhoon Yolanda. Proceeds of Project 1 Phone will be used to add to the said number since hundreds of classrooms are still needed in the area.

Live in a wonderful world. Recycle your e-wastes, ensure a greener Globe, and you or I might just win an iPad Air!

Isaiah 24:4-6 “The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.” Take care of our environment or else.

By: Dante Corteza